This commentary was published in The Jordan Times on 05/05/2011
The death of Osama Ben Laden is not the end of Al Qaeda, the far-flung Jihadi enterprise he founded in 1988. Indeed, angry followers can be expected to try to exact terrible retribution on the US, its Western allies and governments believed to be in league with them. Many more innocent people could die or be maimed in the name of vengeance.
The fact that an unarmed Ben Laden was shot dead by US commandos is certain to rile not only his followers but also many Arabs, Muslims and others who are disgusted with the US propensity for shooting first and asking questions later.